Space Command Sustainment Review: Improving the Balance Between Current and Future Capabilities
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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The ability to access and continuously operate in space is vital to economic, social, and military interests of the United States. Sustaining space capabilities is a complex undertaking. In this monograph, we examine options for improving AFSPC support and sustainment of U.S. Air Force space systems by evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of current policies related to processes, force development, doctrine, information systems and tools, and organization form command perspective. The purpose of this monograph is to examine options for improving the sustainment of U.S. Air force space systems, not by evaluating individual systems but by looking across AFSPC. By understanding current policies, we are able to suggest improvements in process, training and education, doctrine, systems and tools, and assignment of responsibilities from a command perspective. To this end, we used an expanded strategies-to-tasks framework as a lens for evaluating space system sustainment policies. This expanded framework incorporates resource allocation processes and constraints in space system sustainment considerations. It also describes how space system sustainment resources and processes can be related to space capabilities and joint operational effects.
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